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Minnesota Parents Upset About Muslim Song At School Holiday Concert

| by Michael Allen
Ramadan Song lyrics that a parent posted on FacebookRamadan Song lyrics that a parent posted on Facebook

Some parents are upset after a choir director at Blaine High School in Minnesota chose to include a song about the Islamic holiday Ramadan at a school concert on Dec. 17.

Parents were alerted to the inclusion of the song -- which includes the phrase "Allahu Akbar," meaning "God is great" -- after one nine-grade student's parent posted the lyrics of the song on Facebook.

A parent, who did not want to be identified, told CBS Minnesota that including a song about Allah was “insensitive," given the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.

When translated, some of the lyrics read: "Muslims are singing praises to Allah," and "All praises for you Allah," reports the Daily Mail.

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One parent wrote in response on Facebook: “No child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred.”

The Anoka-Hennepin School District said in a statement, “Songs are not performed in a worship setting or to promote religion, but rather in [an] educational setting where students are learning and performing music.”

A school district spokesperson added that the Muslim song, along with Jewish and Christian tunes, will be performed during an audience participation part of the concert. However, no students will be forced to sing the Muslim song about brotherhood and peace.

Sources: CBS Minnesota, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Facebook Screenshot